Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood is an award-winning Book Publisher, Movie Producer and Entrepreneurial Coach. In 2003 after writing her first novel, Tressa resigned from her teaching tenure in the Maryland school system to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Since then, she’s published numerous books resulting in over 162 published titles some of which are now being adapted to film and TV series on BET, TV ONE , Urban Movie Channel & more.
As a content catalog owner, Tressa’s entrepreneurial work as both an author and movie producer have been featured in Black Enterprise, EURWeb, The Source, Shadow & Act…
Today we’re going to talk about Snowflake, and how they became the largest IPO in software history.
To give you an idea of the magnitude of this IPO, Berkshire Hathaway — led by Warren Buffett, hasn’t participated in an IPO in over 50 years.. but they threw their hat into the ring and purchased 250 million worth of stock in a private placement as part of the IPO.
That’s how exciting this IPO was.
But let’s bring it back to the beginning.
How did Snowflake achieve such incredible growth, attracting some of the largest investors in the world?
Just to give you a little context, part of my job is building out custom virtual events for our customers.
You may (or may not know this), but I lead an innovation team at Grass Valley and our core product is building out enterprise virtual event solutions for our customers.
(This is a screenshot from one of our customers… not something random I pulled off the internet). 👇
Everyone wants a mentor, but what they think they’re looking for, and what they actually need, may be radically different.
A mentor is someone who guides a learner through the learning process. They teach you how to think, not what to think.
A good mentor should be able to provide you with feedback on how you can improve your own work and help you grow professionally.
Someone who says that “this is the only way to do it” or spoon-feeds you the answer, may yield some short term results, but is ultimately not the person you want to really align…
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Yoni Tserruya, is the Co-founder and CEO for Lusha. Yoni first developed Lusha as a side-project, during his first job as an iOS developer. After one year, his pet project exploded, and he decided to turn his passion into his profession.
Today, Yoni helps create the vision and strategy that informs all product and business decisions at Lusha. He focuses on hiring the right team and anticipating the future needs of customers and envisioning the future of the data world. …
What’s the meaning of life?
It sounds like an existential problem far too big for any of us to truly take on.
But realistically, it’s a lot less threatening than it seems.
The meaning of life is to have purpose, or to have a goal.
That is essential.
And the sooner you define it, the clearer everything else will become.
A life without a purpose is a life without a destination.
And being unable to define purpose means you won’t end up where you want to be, because you don’t even know where that is.
I’m not talking in platitudes…
Only do things that give you energy.
For example, right now I’m booking podcast guests, blasting EDM, and I could literally do this for the rest of my life.
When your job gives you massive energy, that’s when you know it’s what you’re meant to do.
If you’re waking up every day and feel lethargic, stressed, spread too thin, it’s a good sign that something in your life isn’t aligned.
Listen to your body, it tells you more than you think.
I’m not saying that if you need to call it quits if you wake up a little groggy, but…
Motivation is a mood or mental state that provides the energy to pursue a goal.
It is the driving force that makes people want to do something.
Motivation is what enables us to make changes and take action.
Some people have trouble motivating themselves because they lack the right mindset or don’t understand how motivation works.
To get started, think about what motivates you:
Answering these questions sets up a motivational flywheel that creates the momentum…
This topic came up recently.
The fact that you shouldn’t shy away from an argument or a debate.
But let me make one thing clear.
Debating is good, but not everyone who you “debate” with is going into that discussion with the same open mindset as you.
Arguments and debates are usually seen as a way of becoming more educated on an issue.
However, in life, you’ll run into people who like to argue, just to argue.
These types of people are hardwired to be argumentative and will not be satisfied until they have won the argument.
Do not be…